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Chilled Sweet Pea and Mint Velouté

Chilled Sweet Pea and Mint Velouté

December is the month for holiday parties and why not celebrate with a light gourmet healthy party appetizer?  As part of the monthly Recipe ReDux Challenge, dietitian health bloggers participate by sharing delicious dishes that are good for you too. This month’s recipe challenge is “Putting the P(ea) in Potluck” a theme around using either peas, beans or lentils in a party friendly dish.  The Pea in this month’s theme inspired this recipe, called in French “Velouté de Petit Pois à la Menthe.” This is a cold soup served in small glasses called verrines during the apéritif.  It can be prepared ahead of time, looks elegant, tastes delicious. The fresh mint adds a taste balance and the optional topping of minced red peppers really promotes an attractive holiday color. This dish is normally prepared with cream blended with the cooked peas. In place of cream, greek yogurt is substituted. A healthier option without any loss of flavor.  Enjoy!

Chilled Sweet Pea Velouté With Mint

Serves 16
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Allergy Milk
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Soup, Starter
Misc Serve Cold
Region French
A easy to prepare and smooth sweet pea appetizer soup. Is attractively served in small glasses or as a first course during an elegant dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1lb Frozen Sweet Peas
  • 2 cubes Vegetable Boullion
  • 4oz Greek Yogurt
  • 1 bunch Fresh Mint
  • 1 Small Shallot
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 32fl oz Water

Optional

  • 1 Red Pepper

Directions

Step 1
Boil water in casserole.
Step 2
Finely chop the shallot.
Step 3
Add peas, chopped shallot and boullion cubes to boiling water.
Step 4
Lower pea mixture to medium heat and cook for 10 minutes.
Step 5
While peas are cooking, prepare red pepper (if using as an optional topping).
Step 6
Mince red pepper and sauté pepper in olive oil until slightly soft.
Step 7
Drain pea mixture while keeping liquid.
Step 8
Blend pea mixture with a hand held mixer or food processor adding small amounts of liquid at a time until peas are smooth. Allow mixture to cool slightly.
Step 9
Put pea mixture in a bowl and spoon in yogurt until well blended.
Step 10
Chill sweet pea mixture for at least 2 hours in refrigerator.
Step 11
Just before serving, reheat red peppers.
Step 12
Spoon sweet mint soup into small glasses. Top with small amount of red pepper and add a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.

 


 

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13 Responses to Chilled Sweet Pea and Mint Velouté

  1. EA-The Spicy RD December 23, 2011 at 15:17 #

    Love this soup! Sounds so light and refreshing, and so easy too. Guess, we both think alike that peas and mint make a yummy combo 🙂

    • mbrighton December 24, 2011 at 09:24 #

      Hi EA! Thanks for the comment! Yes, we both think alike 🙂 , peas and mint do make a great combo. Have a happy holiday!

  2. Emma Stirling December 23, 2011 at 09:18 #

    How good to see this soup. I was going to do a similar one as its perfect fr our summer heat in Australia. Great to connect mary. I hope ths comment works, I tried and tried to comment last month but get getting an error message. I was a little embarrassed that I served up a salad nicoise!

    • mbrighton December 24, 2011 at 09:29 #

      HI Emma, Summer where you are..how lucky! Don’t be embarrassed by the salad nicoise, please 🙂 ! Have a wonderul holiday and let us know how your version of the soup comes out. The soup is a great “amuse bouche” (mouth pleaser in French)…not just as a first course. Opens the palate for more yummy things to come. Great to connect with you too. Don’t understand why you had problems commenting last month, so sorry about that. Got this one.

  3. Nicole @WholeHealthRD December 21, 2011 at 17:15 #

    How elegant! I really like this idea. Will be filing away for future parties : )

  4. Carlene December 21, 2011 at 16:17 #

    This is so interesting! Thanks for posting something different. I definitely plan on trying this one.

    • mbrighton December 21, 2011 at 16:28 #

      Thanks Carlene! Let me know what you think. Happy Holidays!

  5. Danielle Omar December 21, 2011 at 14:36 #

    A fellow “pea” reduxer! I love it. This sounds and looks amazing. What a sophisticated way start to a dinner party!!

    • mbrighton December 21, 2011 at 15:01 #

      Hi Danielle! Thanks for your comment. YOUR dip looks amazing too and so easy to make! (love that part!) This cold soup appetizer was first introduced to me in 2007 by the caterer for my two daughter’s baptism. At that time in France the big food trend was serving aperitif in small clear glasses, called verrines. The caterer served this smooth soup while all the guests were standing up and mingling around. It was a real mouth opener! It is refreshing too and looks nice. I added the red pepper topping to give it a holiday look. My two oldest kids love this too. Bon Appetit!

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Kat Lynch - December 23, 2011

    From SW France, a minty chilled veloute (that just happens to include peas!) http://t.co/OgNET5Or by @mbrighton66 #reciperedux

  2. Deanna Segrave-Daly - December 21, 2011

    Love this elegant #reciperedux from @mbrighton66: Chilled Sweet Pea & Mint Velouté http://t.co/lKsAWYGN

  3. Danielle Omar - December 21, 2011

    Must try this #reciperedux Chilled Sweet Pea & Mint Velouté via @mbrighton66 http://t.co/ylNOSrCq

  4. Suzanne Saxe-R, Ed.D - December 21, 2011

    RT @mbrighton66 Chilled Sweet Pea & Mint Velouté: A cold pea blend with a sprig of mint is the perfect ice break… http://t.co/OcGLSKeA

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